[LEAPSECS] a modest proposal
ch at murgatroid.com
Sun Feb 10 21:12:34 EST 2008
>>One way would to get the spec written into a major US gov't procurement
>>as a requirement.
> Yes, that will give you a proof of concept implementation.
I wonder if I haven't explained myself well.
If you get the requirement written into a major procurement proposal, along
with establishing a qualifying test suite -- these are typically run by
NIST, this alone will get a number of vendors to implement it in major
operating systems. (And hopefully one of them will donate the
implementation to open source.)
This is the story -- possibly apocryphal -- of the origin of the POSIX layer
in Window NT. (NIST has a POSIX compliance test suite.)
Vendors do a lot of extra work to make it possible to win these contracts.
Sometimes it is stupid make-work, like the OSI stack.
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